Reactions to UN climate report flowing in

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The news is not comforting governments that believe they have been making an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the latest UN report from IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in Geneva is stark in its assessment of the situation. It is also far richer in information than the previous report seven […]

EPFL SwissTech Convention Centre opens

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Latest in impressive architectural additions to Lausanne campus LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The EPFL can boast yet another noteworthy architectural work, with the official opening 3 April of the SwissTech Convention Centre on the school’s main campus in Lausanne. It’s hard to know whether to first praise the high-tech fittings or the business acumen that has […]

Air pollution causes 1 in 8 deaths says WHO


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk, killing 7 million people a year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday 25 March. The Geneva-based organization released new data showing that in 2012 one in eight of total global deaths were the result of air pollution exposure. Indoor and outdoor pollution […]

UNHCR: 100 bodies found from Uganda boat

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The UN refugee agency in Geneva says that up to 250 people are believed to have been on a boat that capsized Saturday in Lake Albert, between Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Lake Albert is the northernmost of the chain of lakes in the Albertine Rift, according to Wikipedia: 160 km […]

Bern raises its 2014 Red Cross contribution


BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss federal government said 18 march it is increasing its overall contribution for 2014 International Red Cross (ICRC) contributions to just over CHF130 million. The ICRC is the Swiss confederation’s main humanitarian partner. Bern announced Tuesday that it is making a CHF80 million “headquarters” contribution for 2014 to the Geneva-based organization. […]

Nestlé’s China boss leaves for Mercy ship

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The head of Nestlé China, Roland Decorvet, will be leaving the Vevey-based company in late April to head Africa Mercy,  the largest civilian hospital ship in the world. Decorvet and his family will be based onboard the ship beginning of May 2014,  according to the Swiss board of the foundation that runs […]

Syria now holds world’s record for displaced persons

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three years into the civil war in Syria the country has set a new world record for the number of people forcibly displaced, the UN refugee agency in Geneva says. UNHCR said Friday 14 March that “over nine million of its people [have been] uprooted from their homes. As of today more […]

Gazing into elephant’s eyes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – A disturbing question raises its head when you read the continuing stories about elephant slaughter: if these animals are so smart, why do they allow themselves to be killed in such numbers? The question becomes embarrassing when you look at Syria or the Central African Republic or any number […]

Geneva group fears Russians using landmines in Crimea

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Russian soldiers are reported by different groups of witnesses to be laying landmines in Ukraine, says Geneva-based International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). The group says it is “deeply concerned” and it calls on Russia “to confirm or deny the landmine use allegations and, if confirmed, halt any use of antipersonnel mines […]

US faces harsh critics in Geneva over human rights


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The United States faces a barrage of criticism over several human rights issues during a two-day review of its record by the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. The S appears before the committee 13-14 March for its periodic review of compliance with the ICCPR, a treaty that the US ratified in […]